Despite budget sops, EVs may find few takers yet
High initial cost and lack of infrastructure are major hurdles to EV adoption in India
One of the downsides of owning an EV is that you may not be able to use it for a distance of more than 100km
For Bengaluru-based Shubham Jain, 23, switching to an electric vehicle (EV) from a petrol car with an internal combustion (IC) engine (found in almost all cars, buses and motorcycles) has brought down the cost of daily commute considerably. The monthly commuting cost for Jain, who drives about 50km every day, has come down from ₹7,000 (fuel cost) to ₹1,500 (extra electricity bill), roughly. “I spent a lot on fuel earlier. An IC engine is undoubtedly more powerful but for commute within city limits, it does not have an edge over an EV," said Jain.